Hi Alan & Graham,
I always loved history and was probably one of the SWHT ‘odd-s*ds’ who stuck it out in that group. Despite his vampire looks, with his white complexion and thin frame, eternally covered in that black flowing gown, I quite liked ‘Cedric’ Dove. Now, I’ve got to tell you a little known secret here…the seemingly ubiquitous historic Besemer Converter lessons were just a trial to ‘weed out’ the ‘non-Dovite’ pupils. With the reduced class minority in the later SWHT years he really went to town with some very exciting history lessons. My favourite being the ‘100-years War’ and how, with hugely outnumbered armies in each battle, we decimated our ancient French enemy at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt. No wonder in these modern times they are always so petty, bad tempered and bitter towards us?
Dovey also went right back to the cradles of civilisation and pre-dated your previously mentioned Mesopotamian culture with their even more ancient predecessors the Sumerians; the cradle of civilisation where the very first writing was recorded in their cuneiform scripts. Eat your heart guys – we covered it all and if you hadn’t got so ‘Besemered-off’ in his early ‘Steely Years’ you could have also always got a nod and wink from him as he tickled the ivories each morning in class assembly. History was probably my favourite subject and my high marks were just tucked away in the folds of my prior posted ‘dubious reports’. I actually tried to get him to go even deeper into the history subjects, but he just told me to get down to the library get my nose into the books – in a way, he did hold me back. Nevertheless, just in case you two non-Dovites have forgotten, then look no further than below! - Stan